New Delhi, Oct 16: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said the ruling Congress Party has an emergency mindset, and added that an honest IAS officer like Ashok Khemka has been transferred only to save UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra.
BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said that an impartial probe against Vadra should be conducted.
“The Congress is in complete shambles and doldrums. They don’t understand what they are doing and why they are going to do next. The moment from when Robert Vadra’s matter came in the public domain, they are trying to save him. What is needed is an impartial probe,” said Javadekar.
“One honest officer, with integrity, has decided to take suo motto action and cancel the registration of the controversial land deals. Instead of acting on his directions, the government acted against him and transferred him. And that too, delivered the transfer order at 10 p.m. in the night. This is nothing, but an emergency mindset,” he added.
The 1991-batch IAS officer, Ashok Khemka, earlier today said that he does not know the reason for his transfers, and added that he did his job honestly.
“Robert Vadra and DLF are two separate individuals and whether it is DLF or Robert Vadra or a common man, everybody is equal for the government, there is no difference. I do not know the reason of why the government has transferred me but I have made all the efforts to fulfill my responsibilities,” Khemka told mediapersons in Chandigarh.
” I have suffered 40 transfers in 20 years. I would want to know why I am transferred, so that I can take corrective action and become a better civil servant,” he added.
Khemka, who exposed widespread irregularities in land deals, was transferred out just three days after he ordered a probe into some of Robert Vadra’s land deals with real estate giant DLF.
Khemka issued an order on his last day in office on October 15, cancelling the mutation of a 3.531-acre plot of land in Manesar-Shikohpur that Vadra had sold to DLF for Rs. 58 crore.
Three days earlier, Khemka issued a letter formally ordering an inquiry across four districts into the alleged ‘under-valuation’ of some properties registered by Vadra or his companies. (ANI)